Bushwick appears separated by lines of race, class, subway stop—and what and where its residents eat. The artistic types who populate new hip businesses like The Cobra Club look different from longtime residents who frequent Cibao Restaurant.
Yet a walk around Bushwick illustrates that food may also be a unifying force.
At left, Cibao Restaurant owner Victor Rodriguez and his sister-in-law Bruny Fernandez prepare the empty diner for lunch. The restaurant has prospered in its present location for more than 10 years, but Rodriguez says business has been down recently. "Everybody's hurting," he says.